After two of four Miami-Dade commissioners auto magnate Norman Braman had targeted for ouster won their Aug. 14 primary races outright, political insiders wondered: Would Braman be back for the Nov. 6 general election?
A flier from Change Miami-Dade Now, a Braman-backed electioneering communications organization, hit mailboxes Friday -- the day county absentee ballots dropped in the mail. The mailer's target: Commissioner Bruno Barreiro.
"We can't afford Bruno Barreiro," the glossy piece says, calling the 14-year incumbent the "right hand man" of former Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who was ousted last year in a recall.
Braman has targeted Barreiro and Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. But while the challenger Braman endorsed in Barreiro's race, state Rep. Luis Garcia, made it into the runoff (by nine votes), the candidate Braman backed against Edmonson, Alison Austin, did not. Instead, Edmonson will face newcomer Keon Hardemon.
Incumbents Barbara Jordan and Dennis Moss won their races in August and avoided runoffs, despite Braman's deep-pocketed opposition.
The sitting commissioners have had powerful backers of their own, including labor unions, the Miami Marlins and the Miami Dolphins.